The New England Journal of Relational and Systemic Practice

Telehealth During the Pandemic

Authors

  • Beverly Ibeh William James College

Abstract

Amidst a global pandemic that has taken loved ones from their families, taken us away from our commuting routines and patients, and has literally encapsulated us in our homes, the opportunity to utter the words “post-pandemic” feels like a momentary relief. This relief is then followed by questions and reflections about what life will look like returning to our new “normal”, how we will continue to challenge historical inequities in mental health care, how to address worries about the health risks of returning while there is still a pandemic, what to do about vicarious trauma and clinician burnout, and simultaneously confronting a concurrent racial pandemic. As vaccines become more accessible to the public in the coming months, anxiety and relief seem to go hand-in-hand as clinicians and clients ponder on returning to in-person in the near future.

Author Biography

Beverly Ibeh, William James College

I am a current 5th year Clinical Psychology doctoral student at William James College focusing on trauma treatment and assessment as well as neuropsychological assessment. I was 1 of 11 individuals chosen out of 170 applicants to be awarded the prestigious and competitive scholarship, Serving the Mental Health Needs of the Underserved, from William James College’s Center for Multicultural and Global Mental Health. As a CMGMH Fellow, I provided professional role modeling and participated in socio-cultural and professional development activities. As a current pre-doctoral intern at a non-profit community mental health organization in California, I focus on working with families and youth experiencing anxiety, depression, traumatic symptoms (e.g., related to family dysfunction), neurodevelopmental disturbances (e.g., ADHD), neurodivergent children, and increasing positive social functioning. In my work, I provide psychoeducation, individual therapy, family therapy, therapeutic groups, parent support groups, supervision of PsyD trainees, and neuropsychological assessment. Prior to enrolling in the Clinical PsyD program, I obtained a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with specialized training in Couples and Family Therapy. In addition to my focus on trauma, I avidly practice yoga and I am passionate about Black Mental health, neurodevelopmental presentations (e.g., autism), social justice initiatives, trauma-related counseling, self-care and mindfulness practices, child development, mentorship, and culturally sensitive and inclusive treatment.

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Published

2021-05-19

How to Cite

Ibeh, B. (2021). The New England Journal of Relational and Systemic Practice: Telehealth During the Pandemic. New England Journal of Relational and Systemic Practice, 1(2). Retrieved from https://nejournalrsp.com/index.php/mejrsp/article/view/18